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Update 11 July 2022

Following the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee(External link) meeting on 6 July the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport decided to proceed with many of the proposed savings from KCC’s Supported Bus budget.

Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, David Brazier, said: “As a council we are seeing a dramatic rise in the need for services across all areas of the authority and an increase in the cost of running them. We must make sure that we can produce a balanced budget and prioritise the services that we are obliged by law to provide to the people of Kent.

“While central Government has provisionally allocated £35.1 million to KCC for our Bus Service Improvement Plan, the Department for Transport (DfT) has been clear that this money cannot be used to support existing services.

“We know people value local buses and will be concerned about this decision so going forward KCC will use this DfT funding to improve bus services for the residents of Kent that cater for the needs of individual communities.”

The changes are planned to come into effect October 2022.

The Parish Council will continue to correspond with interested parties to ensure a satisfactory bus service operates in the parish.